Mayor of South Dhaka Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh has blamed management of development projects, including Metro Rail, for causing waterlogging in the capital and consequent public sufferings.
“Their lack of coordination and inability to consider the bigger picture is one of the reasons behind waterlogging in the capital,” he told reporters after inaugurating a playground at Tikatuli in Ward 39 of the city on Wednesday.
“ For example , the waterlogging problem in Sonir Akhra has not been solved even after recovering the Kajla canal of the area because of the metro rail project going on in that area.”
“ We are trying to coordinate with the development project runners and are hopeful to solve this problem very soon,” the DSCC Mayor added.
Besides, the city dwellers have not stopped indiscriminate dumping of wastes and plastic bottles which are blocking the drainage system, jeopardising all efforts in solving waterlogging problem, a disappointed mayor added.
"Dhaka South City Corporation is working to solve the problem of waterlogging. Once that is done, the city dwellers will gradually be relieved of the sufferings, "Taposh said.
On the issue of waterlogging in Motijheel area, the mayor said, "The contractor was not able to complete the project on time. Work is also underway to alleviate waterlogging on the Toynbee Circular Road in Fakirapul. Once these are completed, there will be no waterlogging. "
Earlier today, the mayor inaugurated the Interim Waste Transfer Center at Muktangan in Ward 13 of the city and inspected development works and sewer cleaning activities from Fakirapul Junction to Motijheel Petrol Pump area. He later visited several waterlogged areas from Rayerbagh to Sonir Akhra.
He also inaugurated Azimpur Children's Park.